Italian police raid hackers who took on Vatican

May 17, 2013
Italian police on Friday arrested four alleged hackers believed to belong to the activist group Anonymous for attacking websites, including those of the Vatican and the parliament in Rome.

Italian police on Friday arrested four alleged hackers believed to belong to the activist group Anonymous for attacking websites, including those of the Vatican and the parliament in Rome.

The four have been placed under and communications police carried out a dozen raids.

They are suspected of launching on "strategic and institutional infrastructure"—often for their own illicit personal ends.

There was a huge reaction on social media against the police operation dubbed "Tango Down".

"The web is a fundamental environment for the evolution of democracy, of information and for the forming of public opinion but precisely because of this we have to be careful and intervene against people who use it for illegal ends," said Filippo Bubbico, a junior interior minister.

"This is an important operation," he said.

Explore further: Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Spain arrests 4 suspected Anonymous hackers

Feb 28, 2012

Police say they have arrested four suspected hackers allied to the loose-knit Anonymous movement in connection with attacks on Spanish political party websites.

UK police arrest 6 people in phone hacking probe

Feb 13, 2013

(AP)—British police investigating computer hacking and privacy offenses by the media have arrested six people allegedly involved in intercepting voice mails for the defunct News of the World tabloid.

Hackers attack Italian cyber police website

Jul 25, 2011

Hacker groups LulzSec and Anonymous announced on Monday that they had hacked into the website of Italy's cyber police and published classified information online in an attack dubbed "Operation Italy".

Dutch police investigate apparent hacker attack

Dec 10, 2010

(AP) -- Police said Friday they are investigating if hackers were responsible for taking down websites of police and prosecutors in the Netherlands after the arrest of a 16-year-old for involvement in a cyberattack on several ...

Recommended for you

Britain's UKIP issues online rules after gaffes

3 minutes ago

UK Independence Party (UKIP), the British anti-European Union party, has ordered a crackdown on the use of social media by supporters and members following a series of controversies.

Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage

13 minutes ago

The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing ...

Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

Dec 18, 2014

The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.